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NC spokesperson quits, will contest ULB polls

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Srinagar, Sep 25: National Conference (NC) spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu resigned from the party on Tuesday over its decision to boycott the upcoming local body and Panchayat polls.

Mattu said he would contest the municipal polls from Srinagar.

“Based on my humble disagreement with the party’s decision to boycott the upcoming ULB and Panchayat Polls, I have just sent my resignation from the party to the JKNC General Secretary,” Mattu posted on Twitter.

He alleged that leaving the grassroots democratic institutions “open to misrepresentation” would inflict serious harm on the state, and wreak havoc with the social fabric and cultural legacy.

“I will announce my candidature for the ULB elections from Srinagar tomorrow in sha Allah and I remain committed to serving my people and helping the city I grew up in, meet the challenges it’s faced with. I won’t be addressing the media or taking any questions today,” he added.

Mattu started his political career with the Peoples Conference, led by Sajad Gani Lone, when the latter joined mainstream politics in 2009. Mattu parted ways with Lone’s party in 2013 to join the NC.

The NC, meanwhile, accepted Mattu’s resignation from the basic membership of the party.

“J&K National Conference is pleased to accept the resignation of Junaid Azim Mattu from the basic membership of party,” the party said on its Twitter handle.

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